Friday, July 31, 2009

1st 5 to post a comment win a prize!

The first 5 people to post a comment win a prize!

Pay It Foward

Everyone likes FREEBIES! Hurry, only the first 5 comments get one!

Thanks to (via for the great idea and fun PIF game!

Here's how it works:

I am entering into the following contract with the first 5 people who comment on this post and then commit to do the same on their blog. Just read below and if you feel up to the task copy the following into your blog and leave me a comment. I am willing to ship international, for all my friends not in the states (make sure you are willing to do the same).

1. I make no guarantees that you will like what I make. Whatcha get is whatcha get.

2. What I create will be just for you, with love.

3. It’ll be done this year (2009).

4. I will not give you any clue what it’s going to be. It will be something made in the real world and not something cyber.

5. I reserve the right to do something strange or weird.

6. In return, all you need to do is post this text on your blog and make 5 things for the first 5 to respond to your blog post.

7. Send your mailing address – after I contact you. I'll send you a surprise (it will be something nice, I promise) if you agree to do the same for 5 other people!


Wednesday, July 29, 2009

awesome pink & black!

These photos are of my custom tote & clutch set with matching wallet created for me by Beth at

Beth is talented and AWESOME and very easy to work with for custom orders. I saw her Foldover Clutch and Tote w/ruffle designs and requested those two designs in the above fabric/color combination.


They are so perfect and fit my style perfectly!

Go to Beth's shop and see all of her wonderful bag & wallet designs, cute rings, and fun buttons!


Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Harry Potter 6

I am...almost...ready to see Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince on Wednesday, July 15, 2009 at 1:40 pm. Some call it Harry Potter 6...but since there will be "two" more movies, Book 7 having been broken up into two films...what will I call them? Harry Potter 7a & Harry Potter 7b?

But I digress...I am almost ready to see the latest Harry Potter movie tomorrow. Well, tomorrow for me, as it is 40 minutes until midnight here. I didn't have time to read the book yet again, and I had planned on a Harry Potter audiobook listening marathon, but ended up just listening to the Half-Blood Prince audiobook over the last 3 days. I plan to watch Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter 5) tomorrow morning. :0)

I am just a little excited about seeing the new movie. I know there will be lots of laughs, lots of darkness, and a sad ending...if the movie ends as the book does. (Sorry for the spoiler.) With the delay this movie release has already had, I have had many more months of anticipation to build up, so I'm glad the wait is finally...nearly...over.

A peek at my "Harry Potter Room":

Click on the rug for more photos.

Happy creating! ^0^

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

"cracks in the pavement"


Just a few photos of the disaster that my craft room had become.

I have a decent size room, enough storage space & plenty of storage containers. I might perhaps have too much stuff. I am a bit of a pack rat, though I do part with things on occasion, but since I like to trade, it doesn't always mean I end up with less things.

My sister pointed out my problem might be not having "like things together" and/or having the room separated in crafting "zones". Each "zone" would have supplies & tools stored neatly and easily accessible near a crafting surface suited for that particular craft. So that was my goal with this particular cleanup/reorganization, since I often clean up my craft room and had thought it was somewhat organized previously. LOL

It took me approx. 6 days to create these zones and get all of my supplies contained. I had no options for moving major furniture/storage shelves, so I had to work within those confines, but actually I think that was a good thing.


Of that I have gotten my craft room so well organized, I have absolutely no excuses not to complete all the dozens of projects that I have been planning & procrastinating on for many months now.

Hmmm...darn! LOL

Happy creating! ^0^

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Tuesday's Featured Artisan: Danielle Murphy

Wrap it Up Size 4.5

Danielle Murphy is the creative force behind and she also sells jewelry kits she makes up herself along with tutorials, and her extra supplies, at her two shops and

I have gotten over 30 of her wondeful wire-wrapped rings and also admire her other jewelry designs. She is my blog's first featured artistan, though I hope to continue this artisan feature every Tuesday from now on.

I sent Danielle a short list of questions regarding her life and her craft and here are her answers and also photos of and links to her fabulous creations.

a ring suited for stripes SIZE 7.5

Where were you born and when?

I was born in boston mass march 8th of 1975 .. a pisces, it was fate that i became a crafter ... pisces are known for there creative talents

When did you first start creating/crafting?

I remember being a little kid (6ish) and when all other kids had there lemonaid stands I was attaching paper plates together, coloring them, decorating them and selling them door to door as mail holders

What inspired you to create your first piece of jewelry?

My first real job was working at a jewelry store ... There were always broken pieces of stuff laying around, i quickly learned how to put items together to create even better things ... First thing i remember officially creating was a belly chain ...

Futuristic Fun SIZE 7

List all of the types of crafts you enjoy?

* jewelry making, especially ring making
* scrapbooking
* sewing

How long does it typically take to complete one [wire-wrapped] ring?

If i already have the design it only takes about 6 or so minutes

Where are your favorite places to get [jewelry/beading] supplies?

I love etsy for the unique items .. I miss my bead stores back in [MA] ... bead creative, bead cachet, and definately the one in wilmington ...

What is your favorite piece of jewelry you have ever made?

my most memorable is a simple necklace that i made for my moms friend before she passed .. it was just a simple seed bead necklace

Red Crystal and pearld Necklace

If you could tell fellow crafters 1 thing what would it be?
that any dream is possible .. keep dreaming and move towards your dreams

Danielle's ultimate goal for her business is to have a successful (or successful chain of) "beading cafe's", where jewelry makers and other crafters can come to enjoy companionship, creative inspiration, and conversation - along with yummy goodies to eat and drink!

Sea glass inspired ring SIZE 5.5

Best of luck Danielle!!

Happy creating! ^0^